CPD: VIOLENT PROTESTS TAKE COPS AWAY FROM SOUTH AND WEST SIDES
Chicago Police Department leadership Monday sought to highlight the attacks on officers during a violent confrontation at the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park.
Supt. David Brown repeatedly stressed violent protests force the department to divert resources from the South and West sides, where shootings are most prevalent.
Seventy people were shot over the weekend, 10 fatally, according to a Chicago Sun-Times log.
“Let us redirect our anger to the loss of life on the South and West sides of Chicago,” Brown said.
In light of the events in Grant Park — where blunt objects, sharpened PVC pipe and incendiary devices were weaponized against police — Brown said he has directed all officers assigned to protests to wear “any and all protective gear when a protest occurs because of these mob actions.” All told, Brown said, 49 officers were injured, with 18 requiring hospitalization.
Supt. David Brown